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– RESOURCE EXPLAINED – VNRC Releases Report on Vermont Subdivision Trends

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Subdivision, fragmentation and the conversion of forestland are threatening the economic and ecological integrity of the Northern Forests. Subdivision and land conversion can negatively affect plant and animal species, wildlife habitat, water quality, recreational access, and the ability of forests to sequester and store carbon. They can also affect the contiguous ownership, management, and viability of forest parcels to contribute to the region’s rural economy. While subdivision and conversion pressures have been identified as problems for decades, there has been no systematic tracking of trends to inform planning or resource management.

The research in this report is intended to inform land use planning, focus forest stewardship and wildlife conservation efforts, assist with the administration of the Use Value Appraisal Program, and aid in the development of baseline data for various smart growth, climate change, and forest management policies.